September 2016

PROV Standards Quality and Usability Survey

Your feedback will help to shape the Standards and Specifacations

Since their initial development, the Standards and Specifications have been progressively reviewed  by PROV, utilising the valuable input we receive from stakeholders across government. Recent conversations with agencies have indicated a number of issues which we plan to address. However, we would like to get some more feedback first to ensure that we understand agency perspectives and priorities. We would really appreciate your filling in our short survey by Friday 7 October.
Find out more information and complete the survey here.


Register for the upcoming Records Management Network

14 October 2016 at the Victorian Archive Centre

The next Records Management Network (RMN) forum will take place on Friday 14 October at the Victorian Archives Centre. We are fortunate to have a number of the 2016 Sir Rupert Hamer Award Winners to present on the day. Presenters include the Department of Education and Training, Wannon Water and Agriculture Victoria.

For more information, please visit our website or email To RSVP please click here.

Updated Capture Standard and Specification released

In response to new developments in government recordkeeping


Following consultation with voluntary stakeholders, PROV has developed a staged approach for reviewing the Capture Standard suite of documents.

As a result of the first stage, we are pleased to release the updated PROS 11/07 Capture Standard and PROS 11/07 S3 Capture Specification. The revised documents are intended to reduce overlap and respond to new developments in the government recordkeeping environment.

Read here to find out what's happening next.

Discover new stories of Victoria's bushrangers

Wild Colonial Boys exhibition coming soon to Old Treasury Building

If you thought you knew all about Victoria’s bushrangers, think again. There’s far more to it than the story of Ned Kelly. Opening Monday 19 September, a new, free exhibition at the Old Treasury Building will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria, with some new and little-known characters from our frontier past.

Wild Colonial Boys asks us to think about how we see the bushrangers today. Were they nineteenth century 'Robin Hoods' or just common criminals? We'll let you be the judge.

Read here for more information.

Have your say on the new PROV website

Test out our beta site in late September

Work is almost complete on the new website and a test (beta) version will be available later this month. It will run alongside the existing website until November and we encourage you to try it out and send us your thoughts. We aim to provide you with faster searches and simple navigation that should make it a whole lot easier to find what you're looking for.

Once the beta site is operational, feedback can be sent to

Government Services Favourite Records

Records and Archives Analyst, Elise Bradshaw shares…


"These images are some of many promotional and advertising images found in the Big M Photographic Collection. The series relates to concerts, sporting competitions, media launches and so on, used by the Victorian Dairy Industry Authority to strengthen the Big M brand and promote its products. It gives a fascinating insight into the state of advertising in the 1980s, not to mention Australia's obsession with short shorts and milk!"
VPRS 16086/P1, Unit 5


Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Now until 16 September
Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm

Victorian Archives Centre
National Archives of Australia Exhibit

A Place to Call Home?

Saturday 10 September, 10am-4.30pm

Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

17 - 27 September, 10am-9pm
Royal Melbourne Show
Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale

'Search for a Soldier Settler' Stall
At the Emporium Pavilion

Sunday 18 September, 11am
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
'Paintings of Early Melbourne' Tour

Opens Monday 19 September
Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays), 10am-4pm
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria


Saturday 24 September, 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

Opens Monday 26 September
Monday to Friday, 10am-4:30pm

Victorian Archives Centre
Public Record Office Victoria Exhibit

Hair: From Mos to Mullets

Tuesday 4 October, 11am
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Talk - JJ Clark's Architectural Brilliance

Saturday 8 October, 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

Wednesday 12 October, 11am
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
'Paintings of Early Melbourne' Tour

Friday 14 October, 9:30am-12pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Records Management Network

Saturday 29 October, 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

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